First U.S. Shipment Of Chicken To China Arrives In January

(IARN) — USA Poultry and Egg Export President Jim Sumner says that the first U.S. chicken shipment to China in a long time will enter the Asian country next month. According to Agri-Pulse, it marks a resumption of those shipments after China lifted a ban on U.S. chicken just over a month ago. Read more

Chinese Soybean Purchases Rose In November

(IBRN) — Soon after China announced a partial trade agreement with the U.S., their purchases of American soybeans in November jumped higher. November imports jumped to 5.4 million tons, which was almost 54 percent higher than last year. U.S. soybean imports into China more than doubled from the previous month’s 2.6 million tons. That number comes from, a news website that serves the Chinese farming industry. Read more

NCBA “Sick Of Detractors”

(IARN) — There is still unrest in the livestock community over whether the fire at a Tyson Foods packing facility in western Kansas revealed collusion in the packing Industry. Also, a chance to talk with the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Read more

Grassley: House Labor Reform Will Not Pass Senate

(IARN) — Ag groups have been calling for labor reform for quite a while. Farmers have been looking for a way to get reliable labor when they need it. The U.S. House passed a bill with bipartisan support. However, the prospects of the legislation going anywhere in the Senate are bleak. Read more

Things Look Good For Beef And Pork Producers In 2020

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — An Iowa State University livestock economist says at the current point in the beef production cycle, the number of cattle should be leveling-off. That would usually mean lower prices, but as Lee Schulz looks ahead to 2020, he sees better prices than the ones today. Read more

2019 Presented New Problems And Perplexed Us With Old Ones

(IARN) — Challenges are nothing new in agriculture. Every year we face some of the same challenges we have faced in previous years, and we also come face to face with new issues as well. All the weather and trade aside, we faced some problems that we have been watching for years. That isn’t to say the unique year of 2019 didn’t present us with some new things to think about. Read more